Haw Riverkeeper


Elaine Chiosso
[email protected]

The Haw River is a tributary of the Cape Fear River, approximately 110 miles long, that is entirely contained in north central North Carolina. The Haw rises in the Piedmont country, near the border with Guilford County just north of Kernersville. The river flows northeast, passing through Haw River State Park, before it begins to flow southeast as it moves through Guilford County into Alamance County. It flows south and is joined by Great Alamance Creek at Swepsonville and continues on to Saxapahaw, and southeast in Chatham County. Approximately 12 miles southeast of the tip of Alamance County, the Haw flows into the Jordan Lake reservoir, which is formed by the confluence of the Haw River and New Hope Creek. Some 4 miles south of Jordan Lake dam, the Haw River joins the Deep River to form the Cape Fear River.

Elaine Chiosso is the full-time Haw Riverkeeper who monitors and protects the Haw River watershed, including Jordan Lake and the tributary creeks. She serves as a scientific and educational resource to all the people living in the watershed. Elaine is a part-time investigator, scientist, educator, lobbyist, advocate and spokesperson. However, she doesn’t work alone: a force of volunteers provides the manpower necessary to adequately monitor and protect the waters of the Haw River Watershed. The Haw River Assembly’s mission is to promote environmental education, conservation and pollution prevention; to speak as a voice for the river; and to put into peoples’ hands the tools and the knowledge they need to be effective guardians of the river.


199 Bynum Hill
Bynum, North Carolina 27312